Celebrity to Reality Workshop with George Papanikolas

I am hair stylist, makeup artist and beauty blogger. I truly LOVE what I do and there is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for the talent, creativity, and opportunity to be able to do what I love each and every day. I’m also grateful when AMAZING opportunities come my way!

For those who may not know who George Papanikolas is allow me to introduce him to you. George is one of the hottest and most sought out after colorists in Hollywood. He works for Matrix and has an elite celebrity clientele including Kim Kardashian-West, Khloe Kardashian, and was labeled by Allure magazine as the one of the country’s top colorists. He has mastered the French, free hand painting technique called Balayage. And for these reason and more I’m completely obsessed with him and his work 🙂

I do my best to stay on top of current hair and makeup trends as well as attend educational workshops and events to stay on top of the latest techniques. Balayage is huge right now! And so I had to attend George’s class to make sure I was giving my client’s the best hair color always! And so I purchased my ticket for the class.

Two weeks before the class, I get a call from Matrix asking me if I would like to the makeup for the models for the class as the artist scheduled had to cancel. I was beyond excited and said yes immediately!

So this past Monday I drove into NYC to do makeup for this fabulous class. We did model prep at J. Christopher salon in the Village. I met George and he was the nicest and most gracious man! I even got to watch him in action which was super cool and I learned so much. I did makeup for three of the four models and the look was a smokey eye, glam, lashes, fresh skin and a nude lip. Here are some pictures of the models before the show


(Our gorgeous models Christine, Nina and Portia)

The models were all so great to work and easy going, which always makes my job faster and smoother! In addition, everyone from the NY Matrix education team was friendly and great to be around. The vibe throughout the whole day was filled with creativity, good energy and good people.

After model prep, we went to L’Oreal Professional Soho Academy in NYC for last minute touch-ups, a walk through and then show time. A few minutes into the show I was able to leave the backstage area and watch George in action. He did not disappoint! He shared how he got started in the beauty industry, how he got his start working with celebrities, he demonstrated two different hair coloring techniques, shared his favorite color formulas, and answered a ton of questions. After the class was over he stayed behind for extra question and answer as well as photos.


(George Papanikolas and I right before the class started)




I have to say this was an overall great and fabulous opportunity for me and I’m beyond thankful to have been asked to participate. Meeting someone as high profile as George Papanikolas and being able to learn from him was a bonus! I was on Cloud 9 all day, night and even on Tuesday morning…lol!



(The beautiful models after class was over. Group shot with myself and my co-worker Lena who is apart of the NY Matrix education team)

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Till next time dolls!! Enjoy the weekend

Stefanie đź’‹

Makeup Show NYC


The Makeup Show has become one of the most anticipated trade shows for makeup artists and this year they celebrated their 10 year anniversary! This show takes place every first weekend in May at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. This year the show did not disappoint!

Makeup artists and industry pros come together to not only shop, but get education from leading top professionals in the makeup industry.

(Body painting being done by a makeup artist for Graftobian)



The energy at the show was amazing! This show is a lot less chaotic than IMATS NY because you have to show industry creditenials in order to get into the show. You can show a business card, professional state license or makeup artist union card.

I was so excited to see my sorority sister and friend Angelique Velez, founder and owner of Breakups to Makeups. Her custom makeup bags, tee shirts, hats, tote bags have, and accessories have been all over social media to every magazine. Now her items will be available for purchase at Sephora. She is a super talented makeup artist and entrepreneur and if you haven’t already checked out her site I highly suggest you do. The website is http://www.breaksupstomakeups.com and her Instagram is @breakupstomakeup.


(CEO/Founder and my friend Angelique Velez of Breakups to Makeups… She is the best!

The highlight of my afternoon came by total surprise while I was checking out what vendors were upstairs,   when all of a sudden I looked up and saw KAT VON D at her Kat Von D Beauty booth! The line to take a picture with her was only five people at that time so I hopped in line too! She is beyond beautiful, her skin is porcelain, and she is the most gracious woman ever! She expressed so much gratitude to every person, thanking them for their support, and after each picture was taken made sure each person was happy with the photo! It was a cool moment!


So overall I had a great day at this year’s Makeup Show NYC! I got a lot of great things for my professional kit and some items for myself 🙂

For more information on the Makeup Show go to their website http://www.themakeupshow.com